Jul 19, 2011 5:30am EDT
to the news live at 5:30 a.m. we begin with developments surrounding the scandal threadening rupert murdoch's media empire as the mogul and his son prepare to appear before parliament today. police have arrested 11 people since this hacking and bribery allegation scandal emerged, including the former ceo of murdoch's news international group, that's her, rebekah brooks. and in another new twist for the story, a former "news of the world" reporter and the scandal's first named whistleblower was found dead yesterday. there is an ongoing investigation, but police say the death is quote -- not suspicious. for the latest on this investigation, and a preview of today's testimony, jim maceda is joining us live now from london. jim, thanks for your time. i want to get off the bat to what the "new york times" is reporting today, that aides close to the murdoch family spent years and millions of dollars, the "times" reports, covering up wrongdoing at "news of the world." what more do we know about this? >> well, i think most importantly what the question that people are asking here, and especially ba
Jul 15, 2011 5:30am EDT
of rupert murdoch. he also confirmed he and his son james will appear before a british parliament committee next week to discuss the scandal after initially refusing that request. news corp also said he's hired a top criminal defense attorney. back in the u.s., the fbi launching an investigation into allegations that news corp sought to hack into the phones of september 11th victims. again, the breaking news this morning, rebekah brooks, rupert murdoch's most senior newspaper executive in great britain has stepped down and resigned from her position. we'll see what happens next there. >>> meanwhile back in washington, president obama says it's decision time, telling congressional leaders yesterday he wants to see a deal on raising the debt ceiling in the next 24 to 36 hours. if not, he says lawmakers will have to return to the negotiating table this weekend. the president expected to hold a news conference on the negotiations at the white house in just a few hours. the president's deadline comes as the front page of the "wall street journal" reads "plan bemerges on debts," reporting harry r
Jul 18, 2011 5:30am EDT
newspapers. former news international ceo rebekah brooks, one of rupert murdoch's most trusted executives was just released on bail after reportedly facing 12 hours of questioning at a london police station. brooks had been heading the british arm of murdoch's news corp. media division when she stepped down last friday. a spokesperson says brooks turned herself in and she's cooperating with police, but continues to deny any wrongdoing. >>> and then late last night london's police commissioner abruptly resigned, paul stephenson announced he was leaving his post amid allegations that his united, which was investigating this scandal, was corrupt and had close ties with the former executive editor of news international's now defunct "news of the world." nbc's stephanie gosk with the latest from london. >> reporter: london's police chief resigned under intense pressure after it emerged scotland yard hired a former "news of the world" editor as a media consultant in 2009. the same year investigators decided not to further pursue the phone-hacking case. the former editor, neil wallace, was arres
Jul 20, 2011 5:30am EDT
that with you. also rupert murdoch's testimony gets "the daily show" treatment. you knew in was coming as jon stewart breaks down the proceedings most memorable moments, we'll show you what you missed. first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. rupert murdoch and his son james appearing at a british parliament hearing to address that ongoing hacking scandal surrounding their company news corporation. the elder murdoch called this the most humbling day of his career. british lawmakers grilled murdoch for hours, but the media mogul insisted that he is not to blame for on the incident that brought down his tabloid news of the world. >> did you close it because of the criminality? >> yes, we felt ashamed at what had happened. >> do you accept ultimately you're responsible for the whole fiasco? >> no. >> you're not? who is responsible? >> the people that i trusted to run it and then maybe the people they trusted. >> the former ceo of murdoch's news international group rebekah brooks, she also answered questions in front of the committee yesterday. brooks offered a personal apology saying she wa
Jul 7, 2011 5:30am EDT
a newspaper owned by rupert murdoch is accused of hacking into people's voice mails. details in a moment. plus the democratic experiment continues in afghanistan. now, before you laugh, jefferson frank franklin used to throw their shoes at each overall the time. first let's get to the news. here at 5:30 a.m. you're at 30 rock. >>> in a few hours the president will meet at the white house with senate leaders. the meeting comes as today's "washington post" reports the president is considering major changes in social security and medicare as part of that deal. that, though, in exchange for republican support for new tax revenue. he says the president's plan will cut more 2457b trillion over the next ten years. that's up from the original plan of $2 trillion in savings. this comes after president obama held his first-ever twitter town hall yesterday where he continued to push pressure on capitol hill to get a deal done. >> i don't thirg we should even get to the constitutional issue. congress has a responsibility to make sure we pay our bills. we've paid them in the past. the notion that the u.s.
Jul 11, 2011 5:30am EDT
attacks almost a decade ago. nbc's anabel reports on the demise. >> reporter: rupert murdoch arrived in london to oversee the crisis threatening his media empire in britain. on the road to his headquarters he enjoyed one last read of the newspaper he closed down last week. "thank you and good-bye" screamed the front page. it was britain's biggest selling paper with an unbeaten record for exposing corruption but the tables have turned and it is now being investigated following allegations of police bribery and widespread hacking of personal voice mails. few of the current staff were at the paper when these events are alleged to have taken place but all have lost their jobs. >> it's a terrific shame that it's come to this. and as i said to the staff this morning, you know, it's -- nobody wants it to be. >> reporter: mr. murdoch walked out of his london home with rebekah brooks, head of news corp.'s british newspaper. together they face a tempest of criticism and complaint which could jeopardize mr. murdoch's planned $19 billion takeover of britain's largest satellite broadcaster bskyb.
Jul 12, 2011 5:30am EDT
surrounding rupert murdoch's media empire is growing today, amid new accusations of hacking at another murdoch-owned publication. possible victims now include former british prime minister, gordon brown, and members of the royal family. as nbc's stephanie gosk reports, the scandal is now threatening the newscorp. chairman's other business ventures. >> reporter: rupert murdoch rushed to london, hoping to minimize the damage to his media empire. but it's looking more and more like there is little he can do. allegations reportsed in the british press, a claim that one of the officers protecting the royals sold a list of the family's phone numbers to the "news of the world." and a source close to former prime minister gordon brown, alleges that the sunday "times," another murdoch newspaper, illegally pursued brown's financial and medical information. >> there is an element about all this that is personal, gordon brown, for example, was very bitter that rupert murdoch didn't back him in the election. he seems to be having his revenge. >> reporter: closing down the "news of the world" firing employe
Jul 8, 2011 5:30am EDT
the people responsible must be punished. >> while rupert murdoch dodged reporters questions at an idaho conference, his son james said if the allegations are true, the behavior was inhuman. >> fundamentally breached a trust with the readers. that's why we're taking action. >> what may be the on his legacy, his bullet proof reputation? >> he has weathered major scandals. this is certainly a big one, and certainly one that has him more back on his heeling than anyone i can remember. >> hacking the phones of celebrities and politicians was one thing, but harvesting the grieving voice mails of the relatives lost if battle or children lost to violence triggered an expulsion that could not be retained. >> that was nbc's mike taibbi reporting. there are reports that the former editor, andy coulson has arrived at a london police station where he's expected to be questioned and possibly arrested in connection with the scandal. coulson is is the former communication chief for david cameron, who just announced a full public inquiry into the allegations. shares of news corp., the owner of news of t